Abstract Algebra, MATH 453/653, Fall 2008
This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 453/653, meeting
TR from 1:00pm -- 2:15pm in CBC-C126. My name is Dr.
Arthur Baragar, my office is CBC-B 308, and I can be reached
at 895-0378. Important information announced in class will also be
posted on WebCampus.
The prerequisite for this course is MATH 251 (discrete math) and MATH
330 (linear algebra).
Syllabus: This course is expected to cover the following topics
Text: Abstract Algebra, by Thomas Hungerford,
published by Brooks/Cole.
- Chapter 1: Arithmetic in the integers
- Chapter 2: Modular arithmetic
- Chapter 12: RSA (Cryptography)
- Chapter 3: Rings
- Chapter 4: Polynomial rings
- Chapter 15: Geometric constructions
- Chapter 7: Groups
Grading Scheme: This is the grading scheme for this course:
Exams one and two will have an in class component and a take home
component. Exam three is a take home exam. The take home
components are due the following Monday at the beginning of class.
The grading scheme for students taking MAT 655 will be slightly different.
There is no preset corelation between numerical grades and letter grades.
A letter grade (without + or -), a report card, if you like, will be posted
on WebCampus after every exam. The distribution of
the "Uncommitted points" will be described in class. They are to allow flexibility
in the grading scheme, and may go to, for example, special projects.
- Homework: 10%.
- Exam one, Thursday, October 2nd: 17%.
- Exam two, Thursday, October 30th: 17%.
- Exam three, Thursday, November 20th: 16%.
- Final, Tuesday, December 9th, 1pm -- 3pm: 30%.
- Uncommitted points: 10%
Unusual circumstance: I will be attending a conference the
week following Thanksgiving (12/1 -- 12/5), which is our study week.
Office Hours: If you need to see me, please look for me during the
office hours posted below, or please make an appointment. Office hours begin
the second week of classes.
Both sets of office hours immediately follow a class, and is primarily
intended for the students whose class just ended. You are welcome to
show up at that time too, but I may be helping students in our classroom,
rather than in my office, so do not be surprised if I show up late. Office
hours begin the second week of classes.
- Tuesday and Thursday, 9:45 -- 10:30, 2:15 -- 3:00.
- ... or by appointment.
Other Important Dates: (See the UNLV
calendar for more details.)
"If you have a documented disability that requires
assistance, you will need to contact Disability Services (DS) for coordination
in your academic accommodations. DS is located within the Learning Enhancement
Services (LES), in the Reynolds Student Services Center (SSC), Room 137.
The DS phone number is 702-895-0866, TDD 895-0652." Their
website is at http://studentlife.unlv.edu/disability/.
- August 25: Instruction and late registration begin.
- August 29: Final date for late registration, course additions,
changes, or fee payment (with late penalty). Last day to inform
me of absences due to religious holidays. Last day to drop
a course without it showing up on transcripts.
- September 1: Labor Day recess.
- October 31: Nevada Day recess (Friday).
- November 3: Final date to drop or withdraw from classes
(except short courses).
- November 11: Veterans' Day recess (Tuesday).
- November 27: Thanksgiving.
- December 1 -- 6: Study Week.
- December 9 --13: Final examinations.
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